How one college kept students engaged online

Coding, sociology and theater professors share stories of student success

During the massive, nationwide shift to online learning in March, many faculty members—including those at Hamilton College in New York—weren’t quite sure how students would respond.

They also weren’t sure how well their lessons and projects would translate to the virtual world of online classes.

For three professors at Hamilton College—who teach coding, sociology and theater—the results were beyond uplifting.

Students remained highly engaged and—since the college shifted to pass-fail grading—continued their work for the sheer joy of learning, says theater professor Mark Cryer.

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“When they knew they weren’t going to fail, it really seemed to buffet them up to take risks and be really creative,” Cryer says. “I made a mental note to myself to try to figure out a way to incorporate that when we get back to regular business and grades because some of the stuff they did was quite impressive.”

Click on the links below to read about the experiences of Cryer and two of his colleagues:

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Matt Zalaznick
Matt Zalaznick
Matt Zalaznick is a life-long journalist. Prior to writing for District Administration he worked in daily news all over the country, from the NYC suburbs to the Rocky Mountains, Silicon Valley and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He's also in a band.

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